Wellsprings of the Great Perfection

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Wellsprings of the Great Perfection
Lives and Insights of the Early Masters in the Dzogchen Lineage

compiler & translator: Erik Pema Kunsang

editors: Michael Tweed & Marcia Binder Schmidt

  • First edition 2006
  • Printed in the United States of America on recycled acid-free paper
  • Publication Data:
  • translated from the Tibetan by Erik Pema Kunsang.
  • (alk. paper). ISBN 9627341576
  • 1. Eastern philosophy—Buddhism. 3. Vajrayana—Dzogchen (Nyingma).
  • I. Title.

For centuries, Dzogchen, often translated as the “Great Perfection,” was a secretly transmitted teaching, unknown beyond the Tibetan culture. Wellsprings of the Great Perfection explains how the Dzogchen teachings came into the world, who received them, and through whom they passed. This impressive collection of translations, many of which have never before appeared in English, is drawn from a vast number of original classical Tibetan sources and includes selections of realization songs by early masters of the lineage. The book describes the early Dzogchen masters’s lives and what they taught, with particular emphasis on events that took place before the teachings were transmitted to Tibet. Enhanced by specially commissioned line drawings by a notable living Tibetan artist, as well as by rare samples of the mystical symbolic script of the dakinis, the book is both a fascinating historical document and a source of sacred knowledge and inspiration.